SA Minutes from the 2013-2014 Session
Courtesy of your Secretary, Nathan Andrus
I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Approval of
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching –
Shaurya Agarwal, Ravi Sheth
His name is Shaurya
Got a bunch of feedback
Met with Brian Gibson and Steve Cox
Let’s look at the changes!
CTE: 1à 2
That’s what they wanted
CTE has no enforcing power, so we changed CTE to Provost,
Committee of Deans, and Department Chairs
People who make the decision
Reviews should be taken into consideration!
Department chairs are there to protect their own
Reviews are now in the Midterm Review
Cox: “Grad students are teaching, and a lot more conversation
needs to be had on this.”
Hopefully grad students will be made to go through summer
courses by great professors
We can be like Brown (University)
We are hoping for drop reviews as well so those who drop can
Everything else is the same.
How will you follow up?
Senator will be assigned to this project
What are we accomplishing by resolving to resolve something at a
Doesn’t cause any harm, but looks silly.
What will we do with the feedback gathered?
We don’t know what we will do yet.
What is follow up?
Senator will meet with people like David Tenny to try to make
How are we going to tell them to do things?
Matters for what are we doing.
People will have to listen to the students
Does this really address tenured professors that are not trying?
Most of these points affect tenured profs as well
Once a professor is established enough, it cannot really affect
them that much.
Can we do it that we will make a resolution later when we have
On Recent Allegations of Discrimination in Athletics
Situational Overview – The Rice Thresher
Rachel Marcus and Molly Chu!
They will go over what they know right now
Article broke on Friday
Waivers were made in the fall
Waivers were based in allegations that Greenspan was
Student privacy does not allow Thresher to get
Rice released statement that they do not believe the
allegations are true
Rice did receive letter from NCAA that the waiver
was simply granted on player’s perception.
Rice hired someone to investigate the situation and
they did not find anything
Player does hope to come back and walk.
Hardship waiver allowed them to play this current
This allows them to leave terrible situations
Spoke with Rice officials and they do want to
protect the students, so they would do something if they think these
allegations were true.
Third party didn’t find anything?
How did SI get the waiver?
We can only speculate
Coach that left and the players that left might actually have given it to
What is the point now of discussing this?
We are trying to make sure people understand the objective facts and that
sentiments can be expressed to the lawyer, Greenspan, and whoever else it
Hopefully trying to show that some students are affected by this in some
Only the Thresher and this forum are investigating
No basketball players have been interviewed.
If you have any things you want to express, email
Rachel and Molly
Lawsuit is still going on.
Decision to sue Rice has not been reached.
It was filed back in November.
These 2 waiver players left a little.
Not all these were hardship waivers from players of
the same ethnicity.
Arsalan has enough credits to get the rice degree,
and that is all he wants because that degree is better.
Any anecdotal evidence?
Not that they have received.
It is disconcerting that we build are culture around
diversity and supporting athletes and then something like this would happen.
These 2 players were respected on the floor, but
this particular speaker believes the allegations are true and this should not
happen just because rice is not as big in sports. We are almost too
conservative in stuff like this. She thinks that there is enough evidence to
take action on this.
Greenspan left Indiana because of controversy there,
so that should be taken into consideration.
Things should not be swept under the rug just
because the university is more concerned with their athletic reputation.
Rice should be more concerned with student athletes
rather than just the reputation.
Rice saw the waiver during the whole process.
Both waivers were approved.
Oregon was essentially the organization to submit
NCAA did not investigate here.
Can students have access to Rice’s investigation
We can’t access it because it is a personnel thing.
Rice cannot really release it publicly.
It does make sense for the guys team not to comment,
but this is not the only situation. Speaker wants to speak about how all these
coaches and trainers left because they do not like Greenspan. It’s frustrating
to see nothing being done about Greenspan. Rice is not asking the right people.
Have those people ever commented to people other
Have not made these comments officially.
If these waivers were submitted and approved, does
NCAA have obligation to act on it.
Waivers are submitted by schools they transferred
to, so it is just like legislative relief.
It is more about student’s perception, more than
Investigating would be a separate process.
Who can athletes complain to? Are there avenues in
Rice that allow students to complain about employees?
Hutch: Go to Mr Barnes about racial issues.
Hutch is also a resource.
Rumors were going around about this before in the
Athletics Department, so they are sure that this is true.
We should evaluate beyond just this, like how he
deals with women and other groups.
SA will meet with Hutch, and then PR and other
groups to disseminate this info in a sensitive manner.
We will be in contact with the appropriate Athletics
Thresher is also acting as a voice for the students
More collective feedback
We should show public support for these players
because they probably do not realize all the support they have.
Concern for why they took so long to leave, why they
seemed so supportive up to that point, etc. If something happened this last
semester we should try to find it.
When coaches get good players, they do not want to
leave. Players have to pass a certain breaking point before they can file
Pancakes for Parkinson’s is this Saturday!